Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Thu. 5/18/17
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
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The Guardians are back...and they're almost as awesome as the first time.
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
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3D or DBox Theater
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Keep in mind, I do not like superhero movies. I'm someone that can only take so many superhero movies per year. When I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 1 I didn't realize I could like a superhero movie that much. This film definitely had a lot to live up to, and for the most part, it really did live up to the hype. I think this film nailed the casting from the very beginning. Unlike other super hero films it chose a cast that was probably a big gamble back in 2013/2014. But that's what's so charming about this series. The story never takes itself too seriously, but also is serious enough for you to really wonder what will happen next. It is VERY important to note that I watched this movie in DBox 3D. This means that essentially I had a 4D experience of the film. As a result, it was BEAUTIFUL to watch. The visual detail was profound. It also made it somewhat difficult to grade because I was more immersed in the film than regular theater, and certainly more than I would be watching from home. This kind of movie will always be graded better in a theater setting than a home setting, unless you've got the home theater hookups. I'm bummed that a film like this couldn't keep it clean throughout. Overall, the humor is legitimately funny - "I'm Mary Poppins y'all" is unforgettable to me - and the story and themes are good for all of us. 

This is my dream team of actors/actresses so it's hard for me to knock it too hard. You can tell this crew had a good time making this movie. To film so much on a blue/green screen and still hit their marks and be believable was very impressive. The golden people are the exception, and they are the butterless piece of this film.
I sat next to a boy who was between 8-11 and there were multiple instances where I cringed at the lines and euphamisms. Definitely keep the rating in mind for kids. The theme of friendship, fatherhood, and immortality vs mortality were all good concepts that lent to a better score here.
This movie/series has fun with music, and I love it. It matches so well with the tone and even elevates moments that otherwise could have fallen flat.
The themes go over the top in this movie. The story holds on moments way too long. It also tries to make some things funny that just aren't. It's default is humor, which usually works, but when it doesn't it's weird. There are a couple of scenes with Ego when his power is being blown through the universe that really didn't work. That being said, the story is good.
It's overwhelming to think of how many people had to be involved to make this movie happen. I cannot imagine. The hair/makeup/costume was obviously an extension of the first film, and it's very impressive. They had to think through so many planets, ships, and characters. Great work to the visual department! 
Kernel Factor
I don't know what to say. It's just a 3.0.

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